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Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agenda for December 2, 2020 Posted


(City of Pocatello Press Release, November 24, 2020)

The agenda for the meeting of Pocatello’s Historic Preservation Commission Meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 has been posted.  The items to be addressed include a Certificate of Appropriateness for alterations to the Petersen Building at 224 N. Main Street, a report on the Brady Chapel Veterans Day Open House, and a discussion of the Brady Chapel Centennial Campaign.

To view the agenda, visit:


Pocatello City Calendar, November 30 – December 4, 2020


(City of Pocatello Press Release, November 24, 2020)

The City of Pocatello’s calendar of public meetings for the week of November 23 is as follows:

Monday, November 30

No Meetings Scheduled

Tuesday, December 1

Site Plan Review
1:30 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

Wednesday, December 2

Historic Preservation Commission
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers
Live-streamed at or available on Sparklight Cable channel 56

Thursday, December 3

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Council Chambers
Live-streamed at or available on Sparklight Cable channel 56

City Council Clarification Meeting
5:30 p.m., Council Chambers
Live-streamed at or available on Sparklight Cable channel 56

City Council Meeting
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers
Live-streamed at or available on Sparklight Cable channel 56

Friday, December 4

No Meetings Scheduled


Pampered Chef: Cyber Monday Deals!


November 30, 2020  (Photo Credit:  Pampered Chef Consultant Julie Young)

Today is Cyber Monday, and Pampered Chef consultant Julie Young has deals for you.  If you’ve been wanting some of the Pampered Chef items, now is the time to make your order! Click on the image, below, to see Julie’s Pampered Chef page.


PRT’s 2020 Tour of Lights Canceled, 2019 Tour Map Offered to Residents


(City of Pocatello Press Release, November 30, 2020)

Due to the ongoing pandemic and following Governor Brad Little’s Modified Stage 2 order limiting in-person gatherings to 10 or fewer people, Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) is canceling the 2020 Tour of Lights.

 “We are saddened to cancel the bus tour but recognize we must do our part in keeping everyone safe during this pandemic,” said Skyler Beebe, Pocatello Regional Transit Director.  “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to continue our unique and festive tradition next year.”

In the meantime, PRT is offering the route map of the 2019 Tour of Lights to citizens. Residents can view the map at

“While last year’s map isn’t a guarantee of where you’ll see the best displays in the area, it’s a great starting point,” Beebe said.  “The Tour of Lights has followed a similar route for many years with only some slight changes.

For more information on all the services offered by Pocatello Regional Transit, visit


Chubbuck Mayor’s Blog: Downtown Planning Update, Including Survey Results


November 27, 2020

In the latest edition of the Chubbuck Mayor’s Blog, Don Matson, Planning Manager for the City, provides an update on the Downtown planning process.  Included in his remarks are the results of surveys that were undertaken by the City in order to get feedback from local residents regarding what they’d like the downtown area to look like.

To view the video, click on the link, below:


Guest Column: Idaho Governor Brad Little on Thanksgiving Holiday


November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is our Opportunity to Celebrate Freedom by Showing Love to Others

by:  Governor Brad Little

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Thanksgiving is one of the most patriotic holidays we celebrate as Americans.

Four hundred years ago this month, a group of passengers landed the Mayflower after a months-long journey across the sea to start a new life.  The Pilgrims stepped foot onto what would become the greatest country in the world – the ultimate reward for their efforts to escape religious oppression in England.

The “first Thanksgiving” would follow a year later, after months of battling brutal weather and disease in a new land.

The religious and Christian significance of Thanksgiving in the history of our country has grown into other traditions, such as gathering to feast on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving for centuries past, and we will celebrate it for centuries more.  This Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude for the blessing of being an American and a day of reflection on how we choose to enjoy our freedom.

This Thanksgiving we are called as Americans and Christians to exercise our freedom in a new way – by choosing to protect our loved ones and neighbors from a dangerous disease spreading in our communities.

It is a disease that has put thousands of our fellow Idahoans in the hospital and has left hundreds of Idahoans dead.

It is a disease that threatens lives, our economy, access to healthcare, and our children’s ability to learn in the classroom with their teachers and classmates.

It is a disease we all have the freedom and power to control, through simple personal actions.  We can be thankful for our individual ability to slow the spread of this disease and protect our loved ones and neighbors from it.

Just like those early Pilgrims, Americans have been through trying times before.  We have always pulled through when we choose to unite and sacrifice to protect one another and our nation.

This Thanksgiving choose to love your neighbor and unite around our commitment in seeing our country thrive for future generations of Idahoans and rejoice in the blessing of being an American.


Pocatello Christmas Night Lights Drive-Thru Tonight, Friday, November 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


November 27, 2020

Tonight, Friday, November 27, from 6-8pm, Historic Downtown Pocatello  will be hosting a drive-thru style event for kids to welcome Santa!  Residents are invited to drive thru Downtown to enjoy the inventory of restored historic neon signs, including the newest sign featuring Buster Brown and his winking dog on the West side of the Center Street Underpass.

Santa will be located in the parking lots on the 300-400 blocks of North UP Avenue, behind the Pavilion.  He will be atop Fire Truck #1 welcoming families and his elves will have goodie bags for the kids, **while supplies last.  The organizers ask that those attending plan to enter the parking lots at W. Wyeth, and plan to stay in your vehicles for the safety and health of our community.

Idaho Wireless will be broadcasting delightful Christmas music throughout the evening.  Tune your radio to Idaho Oldies 106.7 or 104.1 HD-2 to listen along.

Sponsors for the event include:

ISU Credit Union
Citizens Community Bank
Dorsey Hill Family
Bannock Civitan Club
Jordan & Company
Idaho Santa
Pocatello Fire Department
Pocatello Police Department
POW MIA Awareness Association
Idaho Wireless Corporation
Idaho State Journal
Pocatello-Chubbuck Chiefs
Westmark Credit Union
Molinelli’s Jewelers
Old Town Gun Slingers
Connections Credit Union
Idaho Water Sports
Rumor’s Pub & Make-A-Wish
Copper Summit & Quinn Meadows Rehab & Care
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Pebble Creek Ski Area & PTSD Veteran Athletes
Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Idaho
Idaho Central Credit Union
Bannock County Search & Rescue



White House Proclamation on National Family Week, 2020

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(White House Press Release, November 20, 2020)

The White House released the following proclamation on National Family Week, 2020:

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Families strengthen our communities, shape our values, and provide a foundation for future success.  Families are — and will always be — the basic building block of our society.  During National Family Week, we take time to honor and appreciate the many blessings of strong and healthy families, and we recognize that our policies must empower and enable them to flourish so they can contribute to an even brighter future for our great Nation.

Every family is unique and remarkable, and my Administration is committed to providing meaningful solutions to address the issues that matter most to them, especially when facing extraordinary challenges.  As our Nation confronted the coronavirus pandemic, I signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide over $2 trillion in economic relief to quickly help families, small businesses, and communities, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provided timely and critical support for families by expanding paid family, medical, and sick leave.  We also increased unemployment benefits, enhanced flexibility within unemployment insurance programs, suspended student loan payments, and removed the threat of foreclosures and evictions for families with Government guaranteed mortgages.  My Administration continues to call on the Congress for additional support to sustain families through this pandemic, particularly those most harmed by State and local shutdown orders and other restrictions on economic activity.

The pandemic has placed great strain on American families, from those who have mourned the loss of a loved one to those who have struggled to adjust to new and burdensome daily routines.  In times like this, mental health becomes even more important.  That is why I signed an Executive Order to provide grant funding for easier access to mental health services, including telehealth, peer-to-peer, and safe in-person therapeutic treatments.

Despite impediments and adversity, we have made great progress to help bring an end to this terrible pandemic and rebuild our previously booming economy.  In addition to identifying many successful therapeutics through Operation Warp Speed, I recently announced tremendous progress in developing and distributing safe and effective vaccines.  Moreover, with unprecedented rapid reductions in unemployment and historic third-quarter growth, the United States, in just a few months, has recovered two-thirds of the economic output lost to the pandemic.  America will fully recover not only emotionally and physically, but also fiscally, from the devastation of the pandemic — and our families will be the bedrock of our Nation’s renewed success.

Families are our most cherished and sacred institution.  They play a vital role in providing emotional, physical, and communal support and help us endure the inevitable difficulties of life.  My Administration stands firm in supporting the success of our families by ensuring that every child — born and unborn — can thrive in a loving home with caregivers who are bolstered by access to childcare, paid family leave, school choice, and job training.  By enacting tax cuts, lowering prescription drug prices, and working to increase wages and benefits, we have enabled families to keep more of their hard-earned money so they can realize their own American dream.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we thank God for the wonderful families across our great Nation who are working to build brighter, better, and more prosperous futures.  This week, we acknowledge that we are only as strong as our families and vow to prioritize their well-being and to uphold their fundamental role in our society.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 22 through November 28, 2020, as National Family Week.  I invite communities, churches, and individuals to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor our Nation’s families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.



City of Pocatello Announces Vacancies on Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee


(City of Pocatello Press Release, November 23, 2020)

The Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee has two vacancies open for immediate appointment.  The positions are for residents living in one of the program’s target neighborhoods, specifically the Alameda, Whittier, Bonneville or Lewis & Clark neighborhoods.

This volunteer committee reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding adoption of the required Consolidated Plan and annual Community Development Block Grant project funding.  Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 12 noon.

Individuals residing in the Alameda, Whittier, Bonneville or Lewis & Clark target neighborhoods are asked to apply.  Applications can be obtained by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 911 North 7th Avenue, visiting the Advisory Committees link at<;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc1bb77f3a3f243c2e5a708d88fd72b5e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637417502268317687%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=5WOUatCNF5zDwJAq6MnwrpUboLIBT9wEqvSNd4KG7%2Bs%3D&amp;reserved=0> or by calling 208-234-6163.

Applications must be received by December 4, 2020.


President Trump Press Conference on Delivering Lower Prescription Drug Prices for All Americans


(White House Video Release, November 20, 2020)

On Friday, November 20, President Donald J. Trump held a press conference at which he announced that “my administration is issuing two groundbreaking rules to very dramatically lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people, especially for our cherished seniors.”

To watch the press conference, click on the video link, below: